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St. Louis Jewish Light

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Left to right, speaking at a news conference in Berlin are Shimon Cohen, spokesman for the Conference of European Rabbis; Rabbi Avichai Apel, a board member of the German Orthodox Rabbis Conference; and Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis, July 12, 2012.

Circumcision ruling inspires defense, debate in Germany

By Toby Axelrod, JTA July 18, 2012

BERLIN -- Say yes to circumcision. That’s the message of a petition that three German students have created at change.org. Directed toward the German government, the petition comes in light of a recent Cologne District Court ruling that found that non-medical...

Orthodox rabbinical group urging German Jews to defy court ruling on circumcision

JTA REPORT July 11, 2012

BERLIN -- The head of Europe's main Orthodox rabbinical body said his organization is ready to back Jews in challenging the ruling in Germany that said circumcising young boys could be considered a criminal act. Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of...

Reinstated Amsterdam chief rabbi rues using title on ‘curing’ homosexuality document

JTA February 2, 2012

The chief rabbi of Amsterdam, who was suspended for signing a statement on "curing" homosexuality, reportedly has been reinstated and said he was wrong to sign the document using his chief rabbi title. Rabbi Aryeh Ralbag of New York, who travels to the...

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